Inter-university collab sought

SENATOR Francis Tolentino on Friday urged Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to develop inter-university cooperation between State Universities and Colleges and private colleges.

Tolentino called on CHED chairperson Prospero de Vera to find ways on how to adopt an inter-university collaboration where a student from an SUC can take up or continue his or her course in a nearby college or university.

“Kung ako po ay isang estudyante ngayon pasukan na nag-aaral sa UP Los Banos at kumukuha ng BS Agriculture, pero ako ay taga-Guimaras. Sa panukala natin, puwede nang manatili ang isang estudyante sa Guimaras at ipagpatuloy ang kanyang pag-aaral doon ng BS Agriculture ngunit ang credit niya ay mapupunta sa UP Los Banos,” Tolentino explained.

“Sa ganitong paraan, hindi na siya aalis sa Guimaras, na ngayo’y COVID-free pa rin, at pupunta ng Luzon para mag-aral,” he added.

Tolentino said De Vera, as CHED chairperson, is empowered to forge partnerships between private and state universities and colleges regarding course credits of students while the country deals with the pandemic.

“As CHED chairman, you can initiate the formulation of structures and new rules regarding inter-university partnerships while we try to weather this deadly virus,” Tolentino told De Vera.

De Vera said he has been pushing for this initiative since he assumed office, but this could gain more support as the country’s education system adapts to the new normal.